Public Power CEO to Testify at Senate Hearing on U.S. Electric Grid Security

April 9, 2014

Media Advisory

What

Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association, will testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, “Keeping the Lights On — Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the U.S. Electric Grid?”

The Senate hearing comes after the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) last month ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to come up with reliability standards to protect the grid from attacks, following recent media reports on the April 2013 attack on Pacific Gas & Electric's Metcalf substation in California.

Kelly will explain the robust measures electric utilities already have in place to protect their systems and outline how they’ve remained responsive to evolving threats to grid security over the years. She will address physical and cybersecurity issues and call for reasonable and cost-effective additional measures that ensure grid reliability while keeping rates affordable for electricity consumers.

Who

Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association, will testify on the hearing’s first panel on grid security.

Also testifying on the security panel are Cheryl LaFleur, chair of FERC; Gerry Cauley, CEO of NERC; and Colette Honorable, chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. A second panel on grid reliability will include FERC Commissioner Phil Moeller.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is chaired by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and the ranking member is Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.).

When

Thursday, April 10, 9:30 am

Where

Room 366, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

A summary of Kelly’s full written testimony will be available after the hearing. Live tweeting @ceopublicpower, #gridsecurity.

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